As we went to press, the long-rumoured news of The Night Kitchen’s imminent demise reached our social media feeds. Its closure to make way for city centre development is indicative of the fragile state that independent music has found itself in for the past year or so. How long before eagle-eyed developers start eying up the Moor Theatre Deli, its position now precarious on a street officially targeted for redevelopment?
On the positive side, outside Sheffield we’ve seen the unexpected reopening of Fabric, as well as Bandcamp bucking trends in a dying music industry by delivering a better deal for artists. It’s becoming increasingly important to local musicians, and it’s where you can find recent releases from Utah?, Lo Shea, K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade and our own Nat Johnson, as well as the Audacious roster.
Pity Like 03
Fri 3 Mar | Audacious Art Experiment | £5
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, which must be why occasional club night Pity Like (this is its third outing in eight months) is Sheffield’s best queer party by a mile. Not a bottle of Lambrini in sight – unless you bring one that is, as it’s BYOB.
Sat 4 Mar | Yellow Arch | £11
First time visitors to our city, this Midlands soul quintet are launching their new album, Street Rituals, which has none other than Paul Weller on production duties. The former Jam man has also contributed piano, guitar and vocals to the record.
Tue 7 Mar | Plug | £11
Indie rock on the more interesting side, whose latest album, Big Balloon, we described last month as “rocketing along with enough energy to force the rhythm of your own pulse to match it.” They’ll be sure to include much-loved material from the first four records too.
Tue 7 Mar | Sheffield Students’ Union | £13.20
An all-night DJ set from Caribou, moonlighting as his after-dark alter ego, Daphni. Dan Snaith may look like a geography teacher, but check out his joyous remix of ‘Ne Noya’ by Cos-Ber-Zam for evidence of his flare for white hot productions.
Fri 10 Mar | Queens Social Club | £11
Troubadour McSweeney couldn’t really have launched his anticipated new album, A Coat Worth Wearing, anywhere but in his hometown. A meld of blues and folk rock for fans of dark but deftly-crafted storytelling in the vein of Nick Cave and Dylan.
Thu 16 Mar | Hagglers Corner | £6.10
Join this afro-funk seven-piece as they launch their new Living It Up EP in a riot of colour, light and noise. Support from Biscuit Kiss, a three-piece who are dragging prog in from the cold, as well as the irresistibly named Captain Avery & the Cosmic Triceratops of Intergalactic Peace.
Global Soundtracks: Dreams of China #1
Fri 17 Mar | Upper Chapel | £5.50
A showcase of traditional Chinese music with top Shanghai players, including Zhan Yong Ming and Huo Yonggang. It’s also an opportunity to explore the Upper Chapel, a neoclassical building of 1700, set back in a secluded courtyard off Norfolk Street.
Barang! with Afriquoi
Sat 18 Mar | DINA | £6.10
A second outing for a new type of club night that we described as “a juxtaposition of word carnival rave and intimate supper club”. Vegan-friendly food from 6pm (you need to book), before DJ sets from Afriquoi and Kwaitek focusing on global dancefloor innovations from Soca and Zouglou to Gqom.
TNK 3rd Birthday
Sat 18 Mar | Night Kitchen | £14.43
De La Soul said that three is the magic number and besides, mourning this club’s imminent demise just wouldn’t be the TNK way. Instead it’s gonna go off big style, with Delta Funktionen and DJ Haus sparring against Lobster Theremin’s ASOK with an extended set.
Fri 24 Mar | Regather | £8
A uniquely intimate encounter with Thomas Traux, an American eccentric picking out pop on a battalion of self-made instruments, including the Hornacator, the Stringaling and the Mother Superior. A good bet if you’re into the otherwordly compositions of Viking composer Moondog.
Trance Party 6
Sat 25 Mar | Hope Works | £11.30
Evian Christ brings the latest instalment of his experimental club night, bridging the worlds of rave and conceptual art, back to Sheffield. In tow he’s got Laurel Halo, MssingNo, Total Freedom, Visionist and, in a Sheff exclusive, Actress.
Sharrow Folk Festival
25-26 Mar | Hagglers Corner | £10 weekend, £6 per day
Fundraiser for its bigger brother the Sharrow Festival, with dozens of performances from the likes of Avital Raz, Jack’s Rake, The Unsung Roots and countless others. An afternoon session from the Pitsmoor Ladies Ukulele Chorale is not to be missed.